Militants target security pickets by grenade attacks
JeM claims responsibility
Srinagar: Militants carried out three grenade attacks on security forces in Kashmir, including one in the LalChowk area of the city, on Friday but there were no reports of any casualty, police said.
The ultras lobbed a grenade at a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) bunker at GhantaGhar (Clock Tower) in LalChowk this afternoon, a police official said.
The grenade exploded on the roadside, he said, adding no one was hurt in the attack.
A private car parked on the roadside was partly damaged due to the explosion, the official said.
This is second attack on security forces in Srinagar — the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir — within 24 hours.
Militants hurled a grenade on police personnel at Zero Bridge here on Thursday, resulting in injuries to three policemen.
In another incident, militants lobbed a grenade at security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the police official said, adding there was no injury to anyone and damage to properties due to the explosion.
The attacks come less than 10 days ahead of Republic Day celebrations.
In another such attack suspected militants on Friday evening lobbed a grenade towards police station Kakpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Officials said that a grenade was lobbed towards police station Kakpora in the evening. However, they said that no loss of life or any injury was reported during the blast that took place following the grenade attack.
Meanwhile, they added that the area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers.
Pertinently, police on Thursday evening had issued an advisory to its officers, asking them to remain vigilant round-the-clock as several new check-points have been set up for frisking of the people here.
The present security situation in the state, some nakas and frisking points have been established in the city as well as rural areas for the security and safety of the people, advisory issued by the Inspector-General of Police office read.
“People are requested to cooperate with police at naka and frisking points. Do not feel it as harassment by police,” it said.
The advisory said that from the security point of view, it is requested to all the school managements in the district to not allow any stranger and give necessary precautionary instructions to students.
People are also requested to take preventive actions like not touching any abandoned object, informing police immediately on seeing any suspicious person and object or material.
“If you have any information about any anti-national and anti-social elements, please contact your nearest police station or dial 100 which is available round-the-clock,” the advisory said.
It asked passengers travelling in vehicles to be alert while travelling and going at crowded places like – bus stand, railway station, shopping complex, malls, hospitals.
The advisory said that all the station house officers and incharge police posts have been directed to remain present in their respective jurisdiction round-the-clock.
The incharge border police posts have been directed to keep a vigil on infiltration routes used by anti-national elements in the past, it said.
“Village Defence Committee members, Numberdars and Chowkidars are directed to cooperate with police while performing their duties for safety and security, especially in view of the forthcoming Republic Day,” the advisory read.
JeM claims responsibility
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibly of the grenade attacks in Srinagar and Shopian on Friday.
A spokesperson of JeM, who identified himself as Mohammad Hassan in a statement issued to a local news agency GNS claimed that three forces personnel were critically injured in the attack on a CRPF vehicle at City Centre LalChowk just few steps away from the GhantaGhar (Clock Tower).
He also said that several forces personnel were critically injured in the attack at Gagran in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
A police official said two incidents of grenade attacks by militants took place at Srinagar and Shopian.
The officer said that no loss of life or property was reported and that the investigations in both the incidents are going on.
(With PTI inputs)